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Men's Basketball: Zeglinski's shot

About 50 minutes before tip-off of Thursday's loss to Virginia Tech, I stood courtside observing Virginia warming up for the game. This was before the formal warmups with fans in the arena, and it's the time when you can best gauge a team's mood.

The Cavaliers were loose, with many players hoisting half-court shots (many of which ended up in the third row). Calvin Baker dribbled two balls between his legs -- an impressive display of ballhandling, particularly if basketball was played with two balls.

Some players stretched. And Sammy Zeglinski was hurling three-pointers from all kinds of angles and all that types of distances. I thought of this once Zeglinski hit a shot that will go down in Virginia lore, was featured on "SportsCenter" and will probably be remembered more fondly had the Cavaliers actually won in overtime. [NOTE: If any reader can find the video on YouTube, please send me the link at bermanz@washpost.com or leave in comments below)

"I double-clutched on accident, so I felt it was lucky to have it go in," Zeglinski said. "I thought we would have the momentum going into overtime, but we just could not get enough stops.”

Virginia Tech defended the shot as well as a team could. Landesberg was blanketed, and Zeglinski needed a herculean effort just to set his feet and square his shoulders.

"Zeglinski made just a great shot," Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said.

He echoed what Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said minutes before, when Bennett said: "It was a heck of a shot. I was hoping, being at home, that the momentum would come."

By Zach Berman  |  January 29, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whX5-eOume0

not great quality, but conveys the crowd's excitement for sure.

Posted by: maxf1 | January 30, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

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